Zaha Hadid the London based Iraqi architect has joined H.E. Dr Sinan Al‐Shabibi, the Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) at a ceremony to sign the agreement between the CBI and Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) for the commissioning of the design stages of the new CBI Headquarters building. The ceremony was hosted by H.E. Dr Muhielddin Hussein Abdullah, Charges d’Affaires of the Iraqi Embassy in London. ZHA have already been busy completing the client’s Brief Development and will now immediately commence the design process for the new CBI Headquarters to be built on the shores of the Tigris River in Baghdad. ZHA will lead the international team of specialist consultants including: Adams Kara Taylor, Max Fordham, Newtecnic, DEGW, Gross Max, Davis Langdon, Arup, Warringtonfire, Winton Nightingale and A2 Project Managers. Dr Sinan Al‐Shabibi said: “The new building shall be a symbol of the Bank’s role in the economic development of Iraq and a reflection of the determination to rebuild the country.” Zaha Hadid said: “I am deeply touched that I have been asked to design the new headquarters for the Central Bank of Iraq. I was born in Iraq and I still feel very close to it. I feel very privileged to be working in Iraq on a design of such national importance.”
Zaha Hadid was born in 1950 in Baghdad, Iraq. She has become one of the most famous architects in the world. Buildings nominated for the prestigious Stirling Prize include MAXXI (2010), Nordpark Cable Railway Station (2008), Phaeno Science Centre (2006) and BMW Central Building (2005).Hadid’s style is boldly contemporary, organic and innovative. The architect pushes design through new technology and materials and never does ordinary. Aswell as creating architecture the architect is a celebrated painter, designer of furniture and interior products + fittings such as bowls and chandeliers.